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Water rates in Clark freeport slashed

By Darwin G. Amojelar,

MANILA – State-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority expects to attract more locators in the Clark Freeport Zone after reducing water rates in the freeport zone.

"While in other places water rates are increasing, the Clark Development Corp (CDC) and BCDA were able to reduce water rates thereby making the cost of doing business in Clark cheaper and competitive,” Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive said.

Clark Water Corp, the freeport's water distributor, today started the implementation of P1 per cubic meter reduction in water charges following the amendment of its concession agreement with CDC.

Under the agreement, CDC extended Clark Water's 25-year concession agreement by another 15 years that will end in October 21, 2040. The extension thus allowed the Ayala-owned water company to stretch the tariff recovery for its capital projects.

In return, Clark Water will invest an additional P5 billion to improve and expand its water and wastewater services in the freeport.

Arthur Tugade, CDC president, said that the reduced water rates will greatly help locators in the zone, particularly those using large volumes of water in their daily operations.

Tugade said the vision is to put up large-scale projects to make Clark a highly competitive business district, opening more opportunities for economic growth.

The CDC is a member of the BCDA Group. The BCDA Group is composed of the John Hay Management Corp, Poro Point Management Corp, Clark International Airport Authority, North Luzon Railways Corp, and BCDA Management Holdings Inc.

Leaders want Clark airport promoted

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- National and local leaders have recognized on Friday the need to promote Clark International Airport (CRK) as an international gateway of the country.

The promotion and marketing of the airport was aired during a congressional hearing at the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) yesterday.

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento, House committee on transportation chairman, said the committee found out that "there is need to intensify the promotion of Clark airport as a viable option for domestic and international travel."

This was based on the committee's previous consultation with CIAC officials, said Sarmiento.

With this, he said the committee relayed to President Benigno Aquino III and Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya that an inauguration ceremony or a public recognition of developments in Clark airport will serve as the needed boost to the airport's marketing program.

"As Clark airport is designed to serve millions of commuters and to the best in logistics and services, our goal is to aggressively promote it in order to live out its intended purpose," Sarmiento said.

Pampanga Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao lauded Aquino for supporting Clark.

In the 2015 budget, the National Government had allocated and initial P1.2 billion for the low-cost or legacy terminal of Clark airport, said Guaio.

This will increase the airport's capacity to 15 million passengers per year and this is expected to boost the economy of the whole region, according to the solon.

With the approval of the Clark Green City project, there is more reason and justification to improve Clark airport and all of the complementary infrastructures, Guiao said.

"The P1.2 initial budget is a good sign for us. Once we spend that money, that will be the point of no return," Guiao said.

With its potential, Sarmiento said Clark airport will play a big role in attracting foreign investors and international tourists.

"In the coming months and years, we are certain that Clark airport will play a big role in ushering in tourism and other economic benefits for the benefit of the aviation industry and the country as a whole," Sarmiento said.

He also assured local officials and business leaders that the committee will help in maximizing the full potential of Clark airport.

The House committee on Transportation also asked CIAC to present an update on the proposed construction of the low-cost terminal, preparations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) next year and the provision of an efficient transportation system "to and from" and within Clark Freeport.

Tarlac Congressman Noel Villanueva raised that CIAC, with the help of the House of Representative’s Central Luzon block, should ask the DOTC to allocate more funds to fully develop the airport.

Sarmiento said all of the issues and the needed funding will be presented during the DOTC budget hearing on September 3.

Manila Water invests P3.9B in Clark unit

By Amy R. Remo |Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Clark Water Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ayala-led Manila Water Co., is investing P3.93 billion to further improve its water supply services at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. According to a statement issued by Manila Water on Thursday, Clark Water has pledged to make such capital investments between now and 2040, following the extension of its concession agreement by another 15 years. It was only recently that Clark Water, the sole water and used water services provider at the Clark Freeport, had inked a contract with Clark Development Corp. for the extension of its concession agreement. The planned P3.93-billion capital investment pegged for the whole concession term will be used for various improvements of the company’s water and used water facilities in order to promote the freeport zone as an ideal business hub for multinational companies. Of this amount, about P1.06 billion is expected to be invested within the first four years. For 2014, Clark Water has already completed three new deep wells, upgraded three booster pumps, and installed generator sets on its old water sources to improve and strengthen supply reliability. Clark Water further disclosed that it has formulated a business plan which will serve as its project road map until the end of its concession period. “The biggest chunk of our investment is allocated to source development for water projects and collection of used water. Source development includes the construction and commissioning of new water sources through the construction of new deep wells and infiltration wells. This also includes our on-going feasibility study in the possibility of tapping surface water. On the other hand, our used water collection project involves the replacement, reinforcement and construction of new sewer lines,” said Jesus D. Laigo, general manager and chief operating officer at Clark Water. “At the end of the day, we are all guided by our desire to make the Clark Freeport Zone a top investment haven of choice and making our locators happy,” Laigo added.

Manila Water unit to invest nearly P4 billion in Clark facilities

By Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano

A SUBSIDIARY of Manila Water Company, Inc. has committed to invest nearly P4 billion to improve water and wastewater services within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. The Ayala-controlled parent said in a statement on Thursday that Clark Water Corp. pledged a P3.93-billion investment for the duration of its extended concession agreement with Clark Development Corp. (CDC) or until 2040.

For the first four years of the extended term alone, Clark Water plans to spend P1.06 billion.

“The P3.93-billion capital investment pegged for the whole concession term will be used for various improvements of the company’s water and used water facilities in order to promote the Freeport Zone as an ideal business hub for multinational companies,” Manila Water said in its statement.

This year, Clark Water completed three new deep wells, upgraded booster pumps, and installed generating sets in its water resources to improve and strengthen water supply reliability.

As part of the concession agreement, Clark Water also embarked on a new business plan, which outlines its project roadmap until the end of its concession period.

“The biggest chunk of our investment is allocated to source development for water projects and collection of used water,” Jesus D. Laigo, Clark Water general manager and chief operating officer, said.

Mr. Laigo said source development entails the construction and commissioning of new water sources.

On the other hand, collection of used water involves replacement, reinforcement and construction of new sewer lines.

“At the end of the day, we are all guided by our desire to make the Clark Freeport Zone a top investment haven of choice and making our locators happy,” said Mr. Laigo.

Businessman: Angeles will be a smart city

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- Businessman and technology expert Dennis Anthony Uy has vowed to make this city his laboratory in developing a "smart city" that is technology-driven in its governance systems in revenues and tax collection, traffic management, crime prevention, disaster mitigation, and development planning, among others.

Uy stressed the importance of technology in promoting efficiency and in preventing corruption in government.

"We should now move towards ‘contact-less’ government transactions wherein the public pays taxes, fees or fines for certain violations without having to deal directly with any person related to these transactions," Uy told the Angeles Traffic Management Board during a recent meeting in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), which shall hold some if its events in Angeles City next year.

Without direct contact, under-the-table deals will be avoided, he said.

He also said that while many cities are now equipped with CCTV cameras, the cameras simply record but do not have "analytic" capabilities that are connected to and can trigger immediate and real time intervention by concerned parties, such as the police in cases of crime.

Uy heads Converge IT Solutions, Inc., a telecommunications company, and several other technology companies, including the Angeles City Cable Television Network (ACCTN), the leading cable and broadband provider in Central Luzon. Uy's Converge is now laying down a nationwide underground fiber-optic based broadband network.

Working with his long-time friend Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City, Uy said that while he has been low-key in most of his projects and business ventures, “I want to take the lead in the case of Angeles City, because this city is where I am rooted.”

Uy is currently completing a geographic information system-based (GIS) map for Angeles City using drone photography for purposes of making more accurate real estate and property delineation, tax mapping, boundary markings, contour determination and the inventory of actual buildings and structures within the city.

He said an underground fiber-optic network is now in place in Angeles City, guaranteeing superfast internet connection directly to homes and offices.

Upon instructions from Pamintuan, Uy will also be putting up free wi-fi connections in key parts of the city, including the business centers, schools and universities, the Heritage District, and other areas.

Uy urged the Angeles City Traffic Board to look beyond the present-day issues but towards the possibilities of up to 20 years from the present. “This early we need to establish the data base from which we can project our future needs,” he said.

“I know that the main problem in accessing technology is the limited budget of local governments. However, because I care about Angeles City, we can come up with a package that allows the city technology access based on its limitations,” he said.

Clark container yard seen to ease Manila port congestion


The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the establishment of a container yard in the Clark Freeport Zone can help ease the congestion in ports in Manila and Luzon. Clark Development Corp. and CargoHaus recently signed a lease agreement that would allow empty shipping containers from ports in Manila, central and Northern Luzon to be stored in the Clark Freeport Zone. “The container yard in Clark Freeport will help ease congestion in the Manila ports and at the same time help Central Luzon Special Economic Zone locators achieve cost efficient movement of goods,” BCDA president and CEO Arnel Casanova said. Casnova said this is the first container yard to be set up in special economic zone. The three-hectare container yard can accommodate some 20,000 shipping containers. Earlier, CargoHaus Inc chairman Alberto Lina said gradually removing 20 to 40 footer containers off the road by bringing them directly to Clark will ease Metro traffic by 10 percent and will be a big help for the motorists. Congestion at the Manila port has been blamed for an increase in the price of imported goods, particularly fruits and vegetables.

Pamintuan Mansion to house one of PHL's best museums


ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Aug. 25 (PNA) --The historic Pamintuan Mansion in this city will house one of the country's best museums.

City mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that once the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion is completed, the future museum will not only house exhibits about elite individuals but also of the life of ordinary individuals living in the country 200 years back.

"The old Pamintuan Mansion will be one of the best museums in the country," he said.

The conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion will be funded by the Embassy of France in the Philippines.

The mayor said the assistance to be extended in the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion will open the gates of cultural relationship between the Philippines and France.

Once completed, the converted mansion will be known as the Museum of Philippine Social History.

Pamintuan said the uniqueness of the museum will be the display of old textiles used by Filipino designers.

The museum will specifically showcase Filipino textiles which include the display of several clothes and garments worn by ordinary Filipinos, as well as tools and utensils, and even the music of the Filipinos since 1908.

The artifacts to be displayed will come from the catalogue of 740 pieces from Patis Tesoro’s collection, who is a designer of embroidered textile and formal wear fabrics and history advocate here in the country.

One hundred and five textiles and accessories will also come from Tesoro’s collection; 130 from the Silahis collection; five to six textiles from Intramuros; and seven textiles from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines' collection.

The museum will also include a music room, audio-visual room, a museum café, e-learning room which can accommodate 30 students at a time, mediation room for workshops, and a glass elevator for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The Pamintuan Mansion is the ancestral house of the Pamintuan clan, built by Don Mariano Pamintuan, whose prominent members include Tesoro and Mayor Pamintuan.

It was named by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as one of the country's heritage site.

In the course of the fledgling Philippine Republic's struggle against the United States, President Emilio Aguinaldo temporarily moved the seat of government from Kawit, Cavite to the Pamintuan Mansion.

The historic house changed ownership several times since 1899.

The edifice also served as the town’s municipal hall. Later, the property was acquired by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

With the BSP branch moving to a bigger location in the City of San Fernando in 2010, the BSP decided to turn over the property to the national government, through the Department of Finance by way of a property dividend.

The DOF later transferred the Pamintuan Mansion to the NHCP. (PNA) FPV/ZST/MDDR/PS

FatBoy10s charity to benefit Angeles kids

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- The state-owned Clark Development Corporation (CDC) fully supports the upcoming charity Golf and Rugby tournament of the Pot Bellied Pigs set next month, which will benefit 500 children from six barangays in Angeles City.

CDC president and chief Executive Officer Arthur Tugade said the mammoth charity event from September 5 to 6, which coincides with the FatBoy10s 11th year anniversary, will again be a boon to Clark and the country as it inspires Filipino kids to engage more in sports activities, and motivate people in the community to come up with projects that will create an impact on the country and the world like the one initiated by the Pot Bellied Pigs.

“The creativeness of the FatBoy10s stirs us to be more supportive to the plight of the disadvantaged people particularly children in the community. They started with a small event not for the elite but for the community, with small profits derived from self-help but has grown so powerful and has made a difference,” said Tugade.

“We advocate the same here (at CDC). One of our basic thrusts is to make each citizen useful and productive that is why we have reached out to children with disabilities, increased employment opportunities and mainstreamed the underprivileged like the Aetas to make them valuable townsfolk. These are all part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort,” he added.

According to Richard Lucas, one of the local coordinators of the charity project, the recipients of the feeding program include children from Barangays Malabanias, Anunas, Cuayan, Balibago, Monicayo and Claro M. Recto, all in Angeles City. Sitio Monicayo is comprised mostly of indigenous peoples (IPs).

Lucas said the charity lunch on September 6 at the Holiday Inn coincides with the Rugby Tournament at the Challenger Field here. “After lunch, they (kids) will also watch the actual game and be given free Rugby shirts and other freebies.”

In 2013, he said kids in the Aeta village were given free rugby shoes and uniforms.

Lucas also said that 20 children who are scholars of the FatBoy10s will join the Rugby and golf players at a breakfast table on September 5, where they are expected to share and provide inspiration to their sponsors of 11 years.

On the same day, the kids will likewise have the opportunity to watch members and guests of the Rugby club play golf for a cause at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club. Proceeds of the fund-raising activity will go to the education of children in Angeles City.

Marty Domb, sports coordinator for the foreign players (expats), said a total of 18 teams from Hong Kong and other cities in Asia and Europe, and five local teams will participate in the Rugby tournament.

He urged everyone to watch the game and understand how and why the FatBoy10s achieved and sustained global support for the charitable activities it has undertaken in Angeles City and in other countries in Asia and Europe for 11 years.

In Angeles City alone, Lucas said the annual rugby charity tournament has inspired many young boys to join in the weekly training being conducted by the Rugby Football club in the country. At least 50 children, 14 years and below are being trained on the techniques of the game and are groomed to compete in rugby tournaments in the future.

The Rugby Football union also conducts house-to-house activity in remote villages to get more kids to learn the game and become part of the growing Rugby family.

A weekly training from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parade Grounds here is also being conducted for young boys who want to develop their skills in Rugby.

“We are preparing to have our own league from Angeles that is why we are getting more young boys to practice and love rugby,” said Lucas.

First ever PH museum of social history to open in Angeles

By Ian Ocampo Flora

ANGELES CITY -- The historic Pamintuan Mansion will soon be opened to the public as a newly converted museum of social heritage, the first of its kind in the Philippines.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the facility will be managed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

"This facility will be able to showcase the history, art and culture of ordinary Filipinos, even Angelenos. We are very excited because we expect an influx of 10,000 tourists from the opening of the facility," Pamintuan said, adding that the city has undertaken efforts to make the area conducive for tourists and visitors.

Pamintuan said that the city government is in full support of the facility. He added that he encourages donors of historical artifacts to give to the museum collection.

Some of the main highlights of the museum are the showcases of different textiles indigenous to the country. Some of the collections that will be seen are from Patis Tesoro’s private collection, the Central Bank’s, Robert Lane of Silahis Arts and Artifacts collection, and the NHCP collection.

The museum plans to open this November 2014 and will feature exhibits of different artworks, culinary exhibit, music exhibit, and more. An E-learning room will also be added as well as a glass elevator for the elderly and differently abled people.

Thousands gather for 2nd Media Congress

By Emmanuel Panti(AUF Intern)

ANGELES CITY -- Some 2,000 aspiring journalists from the Angeles University Foundation (AUF), Holy Angel University, Pampanga State Agricultural University and neighboring schools from across the region gathered on Friday for the Second Media Congress at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center here.

GMA News Network veteran broadcast journalists Mike Enriquez and Ivan Mayrina, together with actor and Yes Pinoy Foundation founding chair Dingdong Dantes were among the guest speakers during the congress themed “Youth and Ethics for National Development.”

During the forum, Enriquez told the communications students that the “media people are not evil and monsters” as portrayed by some people and that “credibility is the key” in becoming a good and trusted journalist.

“Credibility is the key for one who aspires to become a trusted journalist who serves the people and our country. Media people are not evil or monsters as some look at us because we serve and report only the truth. So if you want to become good journalists, you must have good values and virtues and deliver great service,” he said.

Mayrina who was born in Angeles City and attended school at AUF, for his part, shared his idea about social media. He gave guidelines and reminders to fully grasp the idea of what social media has to offer.

“You just have to think before you click,” he said, stressing that the upsides and downsides of posting in social networking sites such as “Facebook” should be done with cautioun and responsibility.

Meanwhile, Dantes who was accompanied by fiancée Marian Rivera, encouraged the students to take part in Yes Pinoy Foundation’s campaign in establishing strong pillars to support education as “a vessel for the youth to provide promising service in the future for everyone in the country.

Toll roads boost logistics industry

By : Ray S. Eñano

The emir of Kuwait may have seen the vast economic potential of three independent toll roads in western, central and northern Luzon linking up with one other and reducing travel time by half. The seamless travel is making Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga province the perfect logistics hub as originally designed by state planners.

A logistics hub thrive along major toll roads, as the experience in the United States, Europe and other developed countries showed. The completion of the 88.85-kilometer, four-lane Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway sometime next year will complete the interconnection of North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. It will make Clark the ideal logistics hub from where a company can manage the supply chain and move goods with ease to the Subic port in the west, to the northern gateway in Pangasinan and La Union provinces and to the capital region in the south.

Proponents of the $3-billion Sabah Al-Ahmad Global Gateway Logistics City in Clark Freeport Zone, named after the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, are rushing the completion of the project that is expected to generate over 300,000 jobs.

The development calls for 177-mixed used projects near the Clark International Airport. Global Gateway Development Corp. is stepping up the completion to take advantage of the Luzon’s three major toll roads.

GGDC was originally founded by The Port Fund, a private equity fund managed by KGL Investment Co.. KGLI is a private equity investment company focusing on development and investments in infrastructure, logistics and transport, oil and gas, energy and power and other diversified sectors in the Middle East, Asia and emerging markets.

KGLI’s main managed investments in the Philippines is Sabah Al-Ahmad Global Gateway Logistics City and a stake in the 2GO Group and Negros Navigation. KGLI, which has investments in the Philippines since mid-2008, has established management teams based in both Metro Manila and in Clark.

Sabah Al-Ahmad GGLC is being envisioned to be a state-of-art commercial and logistics aerotropolis built to the highest environmental standards. Once completed, the project will have a total of 5.8 million square meters of floor space.

GGDC said it was committed to accelerating work on the Sabah Al-Ahmad Global Gateway Logistics City, which has been recognized as one of the Top 100 global infrastructure projects of 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Washington-based CG/LA, a leader in infrastructure project identification and development.

GGDC has invested over $100 million in the project to date with another $150 million in planned investments by the end of 2015. GGDC’s investments to date include the development of world-class horizontal infrastructure, including over 30 hectares of fully developed lot inventory and the pre-leasing of a world-class 20,000 sq. m. hospital, now currently 95 percent complete, to The Medical City, a leading Philippine and regional healthcare operator.

GGDC said it also expects to finish by the end of 2015 five office towers with a gross floor area of 145,000 sq. m., a retail and gas plaza and a hotel and serviced apartment complex. The complexes are exepcted to generate jobs to 15,000 Filipinos in the region.

The whole GGLC project will entail investment of over $3 billion in new facilities, providing direct employment to more than 3,000 construction and trade workers at the peak of the project’s development. Once completed, the project will generate employment opportunities to over 300,000 workers with $600 million in annual payroll for entry-level employees alone.

GGDC, meanwhile, reiterated its commitment to finance the construction of the hospital project to broaden the brand of The Medical City.

Another Alliance Select complainant

For almost two and a half months now, the Securities and Exchange Commission has failed to give attention to a complaint against a corporation that refused to recognize the right of its stockholders.

The management of Alliance Select Food International Inc. barred a stockholder from attending a regular annual meeting, prompting him to file a complaint with the SEC.

Necisto Sytengco of Quezon City, a minority stockholder of ASFI, told the SEC in a letter that he went to the scheduled regular stockholders’ meeting on June 16, 2014, accompanied by his lawyer, Fred Bathan. He was barred from entering the meeting by two “burly security guards.”

Seeking for an explanation as his right as stockholder was being violated, a lawyer from the ACCRA Law intervened but Sytengco was still refused entry.

ASFI lawyers asked the poor stockholder to challenge the company’s act in the appropriate courts.

Sytengco said he filed his letter complaint on June 17, a day after the incident and sent a follow-up letter on July 7, 2014. “Until now no word from the SEC on my complaint has been heard,” he said.

The law requires government officials to take action within 15 days on complaints from the public.

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